Middle East Equine Law & Sports Law Desk

Schelstraete Lawyers has an equine law and sports law desk for the Middle East which is based in the Netherlands and  is composed of international lawyers. Its devoted team has the expertise to provide comprehensive legal advice to protect and promote the interests of its international clients.

Schelstraete Lawyers also provides sound and realistic guidance to its Middle Eastern clients in relation to their business initiatives and projects in Europe.

We offer the following services:

  • International legal advice
  • Contractual negotiation and drafting
  • Litigation
  • Assistance at national and international disciplinary proceedings, including FEI and CAS
  • Advise financial stakeholders in the equine business
  • Tax advice to clients and entities involved in the international equine business, including the VAT implications of cross-border transactions
  • Immigration services
  • Family office

Some of our most noteworthy cases at the Middle East desk include:

1. A Saudi client of Schelstraete Lawyers won a procedure before the Court of Appeal in Arnhem (The Netherlands). The Court held that a horse trainer did not have a right of retention and accordingly lifted an arrest over several horses of our client. 

2. A Saudi client of Schelstraete Lawyers won an appeal wherein the Court confirmed that our client was the owner of four valuable jumping horses. The counterparty was ordered to pay damages for the unlawful appropriation of the horses. The Court rejected all arguments submitted by the counterparty.

Should you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Piotr Wawrzyniak
Senior Associate

Camilla Salmon
Legal Counsel

0031 13 511 44 20

Saudi client wins in appeal
procedure in Arnhem!
Saudi client of Schelstraete Law Firm wins Court of Appeal procedure in Arnhem (The Netherlands): Horse trainer does not have a right of retention. Court lifts arrest on several horses.
Source: ECLI:NL:GHARL:2018:3893 dated 24 April 2018.
Saudi client of Schelstraete
wins again in appeal!
The court of appeal confirms the ownership of the client of 4 valuable jumping horses and orders the counterparty to pay damages for the unlawful appropriation of these horses. The court further declines the claim of the counterparty of € 400.000,- as he failed to deliver sufficient proof.
Source: ECLI:NL:GHARL:2020:5234
Success for a Saudi client
in ‘Los Angeles’
Saudi client of Schelstraete Law Firm wins procedure in ‘Los Angeles’, the plaintiff (residing in the US but born in Saudi Arabia) had withdrawn his claims.

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